Both Lee and Walden want to stop development unless it meets their very personal notion of what is ‘best’ for the island. The cosy relationship will doubtless come in handy when the Waldens need friends in high places to achieve their property development dreams.
When I think back over the four years of having Lee as our Councillor I am unable to name a single thing he has achieved for the island, except one. The enormous rates rises we have experienced in that time are down to him. The Mayor might decide the amount but he needs his biggest supporter in Council, Lee, to ensure Governing Body approval. Lee is well rewarded for his support in the form of the huge Council salaries he’s drawing down – second only to the Mayor I believe through his triple dipping into Council’s purse. Lee’s has turned costing more and achieving less into something of an art form.
An example of this could be seen when he made one of his rare appearances at last week’s Waiheke Local Board meeting. He was lucky, there were three of them on hand to hear him. Treadwell was late, again, and it was Meeuwsen’s turn to have a month off.
Lee had ‘not much to report’ and lots of ‘we need to be consulted’ and ‘I have written’, but never ‘I have achieved this for the island’. He is pleased they are doing a major audit on the wharf tax as ‘we’ need to know why and when the decline has happened. The Auckland waterfront is ‘problematic’ for Waiheke as an enormous amount is about to happen and Waiheke need to be consulted. ‘It is cross boundary stuff and Waiheke, as citizens of Auckland need to be informed’. Nothing about what he is actively going to do to address that though! Oh, he did suggest that the Local Board wish the Great Barrier ‘good will’ after the storm and all they have to clean up. It would ‘cheer them up’. He has obviously been listening to Len Brown’s suggestion of giving Henderson ‘more love’ after the latest murder!
So there you it, have a consummate waster of time and money.